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The Light at the End – Big Finish 50th Anniversary Audio

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Big Finish has released a video publicising its 50th Anniversary Audio and the three editions available soon.  Together with the Standard Edition CD, there is also a Limited Collector’s Edition CD and a Limited Vinyl Edition. The Vinyl Edition, which retails for a whopping AUS $171.20, includes four 180g vinyl records in deluxe premium packaging, a 30cm x 30cm lenticular image, four-way gatefold sleeve and rigid slipcase. Like all editions it also includes an MP3 download.  The 120 minute audio adventure is on three LPs, whilst the fourth LP is a 40 minute documentary, The Making of the Light at the End. The Limited Vinyl Edition is limited and numbered to 500.

Big Finish 50th

The Special Edition CD is a five CD collection.  Discs one and two are the audio adventure, The Light at the End,  Disc three is a 70 minute documentary, The Making of the Light at the End. Disc four is a 70 minute documentary, This is Doctor Who at Big Finish, whilst Disc five is Doctor Who – The Companion Chronicles: The Revenants performed by William Russell as Ian. Also included is a 32 page collectors edition book featuring a stunning array of photographs. The Special Edition CD is limited to 10,000 copies.

The Standard Edition CD includes the 2 CD audio adventure, The Light at the End, and an eight page booklet.

The Synopsis for The Light at the End, which was written and directed by Nicholas Briggs, is as follows:-

November 23rd 1963 proves to be a significant day in the lives of all eight Doctors…

It’s the day that Bob Dovie’s life is ripped apart…

It’s also a day that sets in motion a catastrophic chain of events which forces the first eight incarnations of the Doctor to fight for their very existence. As a mysterious, insidious chaos unfolds within the TARDIS, the barriers of time break apart…

From suburban England through war-torn alien landscapes and into a deadly, artificial dimension, all these Doctors and their companions must struggle against the power of an unfathomable, alien technology.

From the very beginning, it is clear that the Master is somehow involved. By the end, for the Doctors, there may only be darkness.

Due for release in November The Light at the End stars Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann (The Doctor), Louise Jameson (Leela), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), Nicola Bryant (Peri),Sophie Aldred (Ace), India Fisher (Charley Pollard), Geoffrey Beevers (The Master) with special guest stars!

Pre-orders are being taken now at Big Finish.

Light at the End Full Cast Audio Drama

Vivien Fleming

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Peter Davison and Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary

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Speculation is rife on the nature of Peter Davison’s involvement in Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary celebrations.  Digital Spy has reported Davison to have said “I’m making an appearance somewhere over that period of time but I can’t reveal in what. I can’t reveal anything specific about it. I’m not allowed to. It is a big year for the show and we’re all doing our bit for it. Trust me.”

A recent photo of Peter Davison

A recent photo of Peter Davison

Davison, who played the Fifth Doctor from 1981 to 1984, could be alluding to anything from a convention appearance, of which he has four scheduled for November 2013, to a role in the 50th Anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor. 

BBC promotional poster for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor

BBC promotional poster for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor

In March 2013 TV Rage reported that Davison had denied being involved in the 50th Anniversary Special. Speaking at the Mysticon convention in the US Davison said “I don’t think it will involve the older Doctors, certainly in their present form, because of course we’re meant to look exactly as we did when we left the TARDIS and none of us really do. Some of us are not here any more and others of us have weathered less well than others. I don’t know where I’d put myself in that category. I’m not going to make that decision.”

Davison, along with Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann, was in Australia for the Lords of Time Conventions in April 2013.  It was at that time that the location shooting for The Day of the Doctor was being undertaken in the UK. Appearing on the Australian television morning show, the Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Doctors denied any official involvement in the official 50th Anniversary television special.

Three Doctors on Channel 9 Australia Morning Show

Perhaps the involvement that Davison is alluding to is audio rather than television. It has previously been confirmed that Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann will be appearing in the special 50th Anniversary Big Finish audio production, The Light at the End.  Joining the five Doctors will also be Louise Jameson (Leela), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), Nicola Bryant (Peri), Sophie Aldred (Ace), India Fisher (Charley Pollard), Geoffrey Beevers (The Master).  The Light at the End is due for release in November.

Big Finish 50th Anniversary Official Audio Aventure.

As to what Davison’s true involvement in the 50th Anniversary celebrations is remains to be seen.  With only a little more than two months left until 23 November we don’t have long to wait for the answer.

Vivien Fleming

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